Harbaugh will be Paramus Catholic commencement speaker

The Detroit News

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh will be the commencement speaker at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic High on June 9.

Paramus Catholic president Jim Vail announced Harbaugh’s appearance and it was reported by NorthJersey.com.

Paramus Catholic is the alma mater of Michigan linebacker / safety Jabrill Peppers and Rashan Gary, a defensive lineman who will be a freshman at Michigan in the fall. Gary will be part of Paramus Catholic's 2016 graduating class.

Michigan offensive lineman Juwann Bushell-Beatty also went to Paramus, and UM assistant Chris Partridge is Paramus' former head coach.

The news of Harbaugh’s speech comes on the heels of the vote Friday by the NCAA Division I Council banning FBS coaches from participating at camps not on their campuses.

The Paramus Catholic graduation will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark.

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Vail told NorthJersey.com that he extended the offer to Harbaugh to be the commencement speaker “a while back” and Harbaugh accepted. But Vail could not announce it until it was OK’d by NCAA compliance.

“I have gotten to know Coach Harbaugh pretty well,” Vail told NorthJersey.com. “I know a great educator when I see one and he always impressed me as a great educator and a great leader. He’s a very dynamic guy.

“I think our kids will be excited. … Coach Harbaugh is a very noted and respected public figure and not just for sports and I think he’ll have a very good message for the kids.”

Vail anticipates a graduating class of 415 and the commencement will be open to the public.